Rebuilding Infrastructure, ‘Bracketology’ Style

April/May 2009 | Editors Note |

I was surfing the U.S. News and World Report website (www.usnews.com) the other day, and a story about the NCAA college basketball tournament caught my eye. As I write this column, the Sweet 16 is about to commence and all people can talk about is the condition of their “bracket” and how many teams they still have in the title hunt.

One part of the story that intrigued me was this: The Nevada Gaming Commission estimates the legal amount wagered on the tournament to be somewhere between $80...

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2009: Looks Like a Risky Proposition at Best

January 2009 | Editors Note |

Considering that within the last year our industry's big headache has shifted from, "Will I find enough grain?" to "Will my customers and I find enough credit to keep operating?" it becomes clear we are now fully engaged in the risk industry.

Admittedly, that observation is no news flash for you out there on the front lines, but what is noteworthy is how deeply risk elements have permeated the operating environment and how broadly the effects of risk will be felt now and in the future.

It's...

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Every Four Years, We Need a Wake-up Call

October/November 2008 | Editors Note |

I should have seen it coming. A quick glance at the calendar would have reminded me that 2008 signals the return of unique moments in time and spectacles seen only once every four years.

It begins with Leap Year, where we are "blessed" with an extra day in February. An extra day of winter, what a treat! All in favor of making June 31 days, say "aye."

Then come the Summer Olympics. Two weeks of captivating performances by the world's elite, supremely conditioned athletes, and yet another...

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Sure, change can be good but I don’t have to like it, right?

August/September 2008 | Editors Note |

Sure, change can be good but I don’t have to like it, right?

Change is all around me and I’ll be the first to admit, it drives me crazy sometimes. As a parent of two teenagers and a pre-teen who is convinced she’s ready to live on her own, changes are dramatic. One moment they hang on your every word like you’re some wise mystic, a proverbial stacked-trait soybean with tons of value. Now, it seems my end-user audience finds my valid driver’s license as the only “value added” component of...

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Nothing Succeeds Like Success(ion)

April/May 2008 | Editors Note |

Visting with the leadership team at McC Inc. while getting background for this issue's cover story (see Pg. 8) opened my eyes to just how valuable a good succession plan can be for any sized company.

Nobody should have to experience the fast-track implementation of a plan like McC Inc. did after losing two top executives in a plane crash last June, but accidents do occur. As do retirements, changing jobs, buy-out packages, company sell-offs; well, you get the picture.

If you're unsure...

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‘Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

January 2008 | Editors Note |

No really, I am! Okay, so I’m having a little fun at the expense of those tireless legions of workers who ensure your tax dollars are being spent wisely, efficiently and with only your benefit in mind. Oops, there I go again.

You can’t escape the fact our government commands a large presence in our daily lives. Whether we Americans are working hard or playing harder, one would be hard-pressed to entertain either activity without some degree of oversight.

Don’t get me wrong here; I’m not...

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